June 17th, 2008
06:20 PM ET
15 years ago

Emily's List founder and Obama campaign manager meet


(CNN) - Ellen Malcom, founder of Emily's List and a major Clinton supporter, met with Obama campaign manager David Plouffe at campaign headquarters in Chicago Tuesday.

Malcom, who has warned Obama publicly that he has to do more work to attract blue-collar women, told CNN the meeting included Emily's List Executive Director Ellen Moran and Obama's deputy campaign manager Steve Hildebrand. She also said it lasted more than an hour, and was "great."

Several weeks ago, Malcolm released an angry statement terming NARAL's decision to endorse Obama over Hillary Clinton "tremendously disrespectful." Less than two weeks ago, she sent an e-mail to supporters in which she spoke positively of Obama, but said she was not quite over her "anger and grief" at Clinton's loss.

"My heart is with you, as I am working through my own emotional turmoil. I fervently believe that this anger and grief will subside, leaving me with a deep sense of pride at what Hillary has accomplished for women," she wrote. "But I have not yet reached that point in my journey, and I know many of you feel the same way."

But last week, Malcolm held a conference call with reporters to make the case that women who backed Clinton's presidential bid, even those angered by the primary race's result, will also support Obama - and that Emily's List will engage in grassroots work to make sure that happens.

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  1. Montana is Obama Country

    Unfortunately the Clinton supporters who say they won't vote for Barack sound rabid...

    But I will say as a Barack supporter from the very beginning- I would not have voted for Hillary if she had been the nominee-
    So I understand..

    But I'm glad I don't have to worry about my choice for America... you on the other hand may want to rethink your choice before supreme court appointees change your childrens future and their quality of life...

    Yes...WE...Can... UNIFY...

    June 17, 2008 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  2. TJ Williams

    People need to remember that a lot of posters that claim to be "HILLARY SUPPORTERS", and not voting for Senator Obama are REALLY Republican plants trying to keep up the division.

    Real Hillary supporters are following the direction of their former candidate and helping to elect a Democrat to the Whitehouse.
    Senator Clinton is a smart, seasoned politician and she has accepted her loss of the nomination. Now she is moving on to become one of the most powerful women in American politics. She has a lot to offer ans she will need the backing of the full Democratic Party to accomplish her future goals. Any "angry" stragglers are not helping her or their cause by threats of defection to McCain or not voting for Senator Obama. If you really care about Hillary Clinton... you must support her party's nominee.

    June 17, 2008 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  3. Women Cant Vote for McCain

    John McCain voted against equal pay for women. He WILL appoint judges to overturn a woman's right to control her own body. He voted against CHIP to provide healthcare for children. In fact he is against healthcare reform at all. For all you mothers he doesn't think it is "too important" for you to have your sons and daughters back from Iraq anytime soon. EVERY issue women stand for he's against. Just google his voting record and see for yourself. There is no way you could vote for him OR let him get elected. Unless you didn't think you deserve to get paid as much as a man anyway. Women for Obama!!

    June 17, 2008 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  4. annie

    obaama followed most of Hillary's plans for our country – the big difference is he doesn't know how to produce or put to use those plans without causing major catasrophy in other areas. Hillary is smart and could have accompolished alot . obaama on the other hand cannot come up with a way to work out anything without a HUGE tax increase on everyone! The dnc, biased news media have bought and paid for obaama – let them keep him. Real Americans DON'T want him!

    McCAIN 08 – McCain/Clinton ticket would be excellent!!!!

    June 17, 2008 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  5. Perla

    I cannot believe that any sincere Hillary supporter would even consider voting for McCain. That makes NO SENSE, people, even if Sen. Obama had treated Hillary badly (and he didn't). If you help McCain into office, you will have blood on your hands–pure and simple–and a Supreme Court shredding what's left of our Constitution.

    June 17, 2008 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  6. democratobama

    Hillary 's supporters should follow suit and come back home. The country is greater than your hurt feelings.

    June 17, 2008 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  7. Ilona Proud Canadian

    You need to un-hire Doyle NOW!

    Barack hired Patti Solis Doyle, BECAUSE HE KNOWS THAT SHE IS CAPABLE AND WILL DO A GREAT JOB! Did you ever stop to think that she was fired wrongfully? Solis Doyle was not the only person fired by Hillary's campaign big wigs, Hillary fired one person after another, and she was STILL left with incompetent managers.

    The people Hillary should have fired were MARK PENN, and BILL CLINTON!...... oops I forgot she could not fire Bill he is after all her husband!

    Don't be so quick to judge others, especially when you do not know the facts!

    I think you should think very seriously of getting a NEW ACCOUNTANT!

    Indiana Bob
    Why are you pretending to be a Hillary supporter?
    We can see right through your comment that you are a deceitful Republican!

    June 17, 2008 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  8. Turnabout is Fair Play

    I've said this before and I will say it again to those Hillary feminists that are actually real democrats threatening to vote for McCain and thinking Hillary can win 2012; IF YOU SCREW OBAMA IN THIS ELECTION CYCLE BY VOTING FOR MCSTAIN OUT OF ANGER BECAUSE A WOMAN DID NOT WIN, WE OBAMA SUPPORTERS WILL DO THE SAME THING TO HILLARY IN 2012!!! You keep throwing in our faces that you are 18 million strong with stupid crap like PUMA and Women Against Obama and crap like that, but you really are not thinking past today, Do you HONESTLY think that you can vote for McCain and that Hillary will sail to victory in 2012?!! I mean, COME ON..what goes around comes around. For the rest of your Repugnican retards posing as Hillary supporters, get the hell out of here and don't bother coming back!

    Obama/Sebelius '08 or Webb or else NO Hillary in 2012

    June 17, 2008 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. Mark

    Hey Ralph – your kidding yourself, Obama would anniliate McCain in townhalls or debates, heck at least Mr Obama, knows we are fighting for and against in Iraq, and does not get involved with lobbyist who think rape is funny, and then takes their money anyways, does not call his wife a C**T....won't appoint conservative justies to overturn roe vs wade, does not want to have a 100 year war with Iraq, while going to war with Iran, does not have advisors who worked with the Junta, and to top it all off, does not want to give Hot water bottles to dehydrated babies...

    Try again

    June 17, 2008 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  10. Reality check #1

    It's not a point of angry Hillary supporters, it's that many of us although we have been Democrats for years, see through your political knight and just will not vote for him. We are fed up with being force fed a candidate.

    June 17, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  11. Fed Up

    In reply to "Come On", what planet you are on?? who was the dirtiest campainer in history? Hillary was. Who started the nasty politics? Hillary did. Are you just a liar as Hilary is? Get a grip. Are you trying to deny the millions of people who voted for Barack? I supported Hillary in the beginning until she started her dirty campaign.

    All you Hillary supporters who say they won't vote for Obama – remember in 2012 we will remember that – don't look for us to vote for Hillary if Obama does not win the presidency in 2008, she will not even get the nomination – what goes around comes around. You think about this. You want to change the rules of nomination because Hillary lost – it is not the popular vote that decides the nominee, and if every vote should count, then you will have to include the caucus states that Obama won who was not counted in the popular vote. Are you also suggesting that had Obama's name been on the ballot in Michigan he would not have received even one vote? Why did hillary not care about the Florida dnd Michigan votes to count until she realized that she was being whipped by Obama? Come on so called Hillary supporters, face reality an get over it.

    REMEMBER – OBAMA IN 08 or Hilllary does not stand a chance in 2012. We are millions of voters who will turn against her DON'T FORGET HAT – IT'S A PROMISE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 17, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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